American embassy won’t move to Jerusalem within year, says Trump

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Washington (Reuters): U.S. President Donald Trump denied on Wednesday that the American embassy in Israel would move to Jerusalem within a year.

His comments came in response to earlier remarks on the embassy move made by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

Asked about Netanyahu’s comment, Trump told in an interview that was not the case. ”By the end of the year? We’re talking about different scenarios – I mean obviously that would be on a temporary basis. We’re not really looking at that. That’s no,” he stressed.

Trump promised, however, that it would be “a beautiful embassy but not one that costs $1.2 billion,” referring to what he says was the cost of the new U.S. embassy in London.

Trump last week canceled a trip to London in which he was to open the new diplomatic mission, blaming his White House predecessor Barack Obama for selling off the old one for “peanuts”.

Last month, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that relocating the embassy to Jerusalem would likely take at least three years, and quite possibly longer.

Earlier on Wednesday, Netanyahu said he expects the U.S. embassy to move to Jerusalem within the coming year.

“Three things are happening in the U.S. which have never happened before,” Netanyahu told reporters in India. “My estimation is that the U.S. embassy move will happen faster than we think. Within the span of a year – that’s my educated guess.”

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